After an illustrated image of the PlayStation 5 devkit appeared to be confirmed by a game developer last August, a new image — this time of the real thing — has appeared on Twitter. The image, first shared by Twitter user @Alcoholikaust and reported on by Eurogamer, shows two supposed PS5 devkits side by side, each featuring the same V-shaped design we saw in the earlier illustrated images.
The Verge editor Tom Warren chimed in to confirm that those are in fact PS5 devkits, and explain the odd shape.
“Yes, this is the PlayStation 5 devkit. The reason it’s large and v-shaped is to make them more easily stackable for devs who are running multiple stress tests. The cooling is optimized to push air out of the sides and center.”
There’s no indication that this devkit design will be even remotely similar to the final PS5 design, and in fact history has followed through on that during previous console launches. The Twitter user said in a later tweet that they received the image from a developer.
The image also shows a PlayStation controller on top of the devkit, although it’s also unclear if that’s a DualShock 4 or the new PS5 controller. At a glance, the handles of the controller appear to be slightly thicker, which lines up with what info we’ve previously seen about the PS5 controller. The text on the devkits’ faces is unfortunately too blurry to read.
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Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/pizza warmer for IGN.